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de los Arcos, Beatriz; Farrow, Robert; Pitt, Rebecca; Weller, Martin; McAndrew, Patrick – Journal of Online Learning Research, 2016
It has been suggested that open educational resources (OER) can lower cost and lead to greater flexibility; however, while there has been significant investment in opening up content there have been few studies looking at how these resources are perceived by those who might use them. This article contributes to fill a gap in our knowledge of how…
Descriptors: Educational Resources, Curriculum Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Teacher Attitudes
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Weller, Martin; de los Arcos, Bea; Farrow, Rob; Pitt, Beck; McAndrew, Patrick – Open Praxis, 2015
The OER Research Hub has been investigating the impact of OER, using eleven hypotheses, and a mixed methods approach to establish an evidence base. This paper explores the findings relating to teaching and learning. The findings reveal a set of direct impacts, including an increase in factors relating to student performance, increased reflection…
Descriptors: Educational Practices, Open Education, Open Source Technology, Mixed Methods Research
Farrow, Robert; de los Arcos, Beatriz; Pitt, Rebecca; Weller, Martin – European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning, 2015
Open educational resources (OER) have been identified as having the potential to extend opportunities for learning to non-formal learners. However, little research has been conducted into the impact of OER on non-formal learners. This paper presents the results of a systematic survey of more than 3,000 users of open educational resources (OER).…
Descriptors: Nonformal Education, Comparative Analysis, Resource Units, Computer Uses in Education
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Weller, Martin; Jordan, Katy; DeVries, Irwin; Rolfe, Viv – Open Praxis, 2018
The term open education has recently been used to refer to topics such as Open Educational Resources (OERs) and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Historically its roots lie in civil approaches to education and open universities, but this research is rarely referenced or acknowledged in current interpretations. In this article the antecedents of…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Concept Mapping, Open Education, Educational History
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Weller, Martin – Journal of Interactive Media in Education, 2015
Massive open online courses (MOOCs) have generated considerable media interest, more than other education initiatives such as Open Education Resources (OERs). In this article the author argues that this can be seen as an example of the battle for narrative in open education. MOOCs attracted media interest because they appealed to broader…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Online Courses, Large Group Instruction
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Farrow, Robert; Pitt, Rebecca; de los Arcos, Beatriz; Perryman, Leigh-Anne; Weller, Martin; McAndrew, Patrick – British Journal of Educational Technology, 2015
The true power of comparative research around the impact and use of open educational resources is only just being realised, largely through the work done by the Hewlett-funded OER Research Hub, based at The Open University (UK). Since late 2012, the project has used a combination of surveys, interviews and focus groups to gather data about the use…
Descriptors: Educational Resources, Open Source Technology, Surveys, Interviews
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Conole, Grainne; Weller, Martin – Journal of Interactive Media in Education, 2008
The paper will argue that adopting a learning design methodology may provide a vehicle for enabling better design and reuse of Open Educational Resources (OERs). It will describe a learning design methodology, which is being developed and implemented at the Open University in the UK. The aim is to develop a "pick and mix" learning design…
Descriptors: Open Universities, Learning Activities, Course Evaluation, Focus Groups